Feeds

US Scientology critic free in Canada

About time

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Scientology critic Keith Henson has been released from a Canadian jail where he'd been detained since 28 May on suspicion that he gave incomplete information to Immigration when he entered the country.

Henson, who's given the CoS a good deal of perfectly legal grief on Usenet, was inexplicably convicted of interfering with a religion by a California court on 26 April.

He fled to Canada hoping to file for status as a political refugee, only to be swept up by Immigration police weeks later. The Feds were acting on a tip which his supporters assume was made by someone in the CoS hierarchy, as the arresting officers were kitted out as if preparing for combat with band of armed mercenaries.

The arrest warrant was based on Henson's alleged failure to disclose an outstanding fugitive warrant from California when he entered Canada on 12 May.

However, our sources say that the California warrant was issued subsequent to his entry to Canada, so he could not possibly have reported it at the time.

Apparently the Canadian officials have finally sorted this out to their satisfaction. Henson was released Friday, and his application for refugee status has been accepted. We're told that a decision might take as long as two years, so it would seem he'll be able to breathe easy for a bit -- assuming no one goes out of their way to make his life difficult, that is. ®

Related Stories

Online Scientology critic jailed in Canada
Online Scientology critic seeks political asylum

Related Link

Updates on Henson's status

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights
Lobbies tetchy MPs 'to end indiscriminate online surveillance'
Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?
Justice minister's attack to destroy ability to challenge state
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.